AMREL & the Boston Bombing

iRobot Inc. Robots Help To Measure Radiation Levels In Japan

Like all Americans, we were horrified to learn about the bombing of the Boston Marathon.  Like all Americans, we were relieved when the suspects were captured.  Only recently, did we discover that AMREL technology may have played a small role in the manhunt.

On Friday, April 19th, a Honda Civic was found to be parked in Watertown, Massachusetts.  The car had been abandoned by Dzohkhar Tsarnaev after he and his brother had a gunfight with the police.

The police were understandably nervous approaching the car.  According to the most recent reports, the suspects had more than one homemade bomb and had even thrown them at the police during the chase.   Was the car rigged to explode?

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Cars are the new Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)

I once read a quote from a futurist that many distinctions that we currently take forcar granted will be not be valid in the future. Things that seem as different as day and night will be indistinguishable. Day and night, for example. The proliferation of night vision and other sensor technologies will cause future generations to have radically different views about the level of privacy traditionally offered by the cloak of night. Another distinction that is already blurred is the one between manned and unmanned vehicles.  Read full article here.

Robotics Roadmap 2013 Highlights

Roadmap robotRecently, the 2013 Robotics Roadmap was presented to the Congressional Robotics Caucus.  This is an updated version of the 2009 report, which helped established the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a federal multi- agency joint effort.

Members of the unmanned system community are barraged with roadmaps all the time, so it would be tempting to ignore this one. However, key influencers are involved in this roadmap, so it should be considered seriously. You can slog through all 129 pages of the report or examine the highlights described here.